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GOP Leaders in 2013: ‘We Will
Draw the Line on Debt Ceiling’
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 6:07:37 PM     Post Reply
Remember back in 2013 when some in the GOP were wishing Sen. Ted Cruz would shut up about Obamacare on the floor of the Senate? The debt ceiling, they told us, was where the real battle would take place. So they wanted Cruz to clam up, because after all, there was a GOP plan to go to war over the debt ceiling next time the Democrats wanted to raise the national debt. Stroll though this National Review piece from last year (“The New Cantor Plan”) and reminisce. At the time, lots of conservatives fell for it. Yes, the debt ceiling, that’s

Feeling left out, Mr President?
How Michelle Obama got her revenge
Daily Express [UK], by Anil Dawar    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2014 5:59:33 PM     Post Reply
What´s good for the goose is evidently good for the gander as Michelle Obama chats away with the womanising French president – right under her husband’s disapproving gaze. The US First Lady giggled as Francois Hollande turned his back on the leader of the free world to charm his wife at a state dinner in Washington. And while 52-year-old Barack Obama’s expression suggests he may be reconsidering his “special relationship” with France, he really is in no position to complain. Only a couple of months ago he was photographed lavishing attention on Danish premier Helle Thorning-Schmidt. The two even posed for

Report: Obama offers UN climate agreement
that doesn’t need congressional approval
Daily Caller, by Michael Bastasch    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 5:51:28 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is quietly forging ahead with plans to offer up an international commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to fight global warming — without congressional approval. Reuters reports that the U.S. submitted its vision for a new international global warming agreement to the United Nations on Wednesday, suggesting a “bifurcated approach” of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol — placing different emissions targets for rich and poor countries. “So this is just the latest example of President Obama’s contempt for obeying the Constitution and our laws,” Myron Ebell, director of the Center of Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise

  


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The $2.2 Billion Bird-Scorching Solar Project
Wall Street Journal, by Cassandra Sweet    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/13/2014 5:44:27 PM     Post Reply
A giant solar-power project officially opening this week in the California desert is the first of its kind, and may be among the last, in part because of growing evidence that the technology it uses is killing birds. (Snip) BrightSource wants to build a second tower-based solar farm in California´s Riverside County, east of Palm Springs. But the state Energy Commission in December proposed that the company instead use more conventional technologies, such as solar panels or mirrored troughs. One reason: the BrightSource system appears to be scorching birds that fly through the intense heat surrounding the towers, which can

Connecticut Senator Charges Congress
with Gun Violence ´Complicity´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 5:38:23 PM     Post Reply
Joining with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA) and Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) on February 12, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) charged Congress with "complicity" in gun violence. Murphy specifically took aim at those in Congress who have been critical of gun-free zones and have sought ways to allow citizens to arm themselves for self-defense in such zones. Murphy said, "It´s complicity when in the face of increased shootings on public property, some in Congress want to make it easier to bring guns on public property." According to CBS News, Murphy also said Congress was "exacerbating" the "problem of

For First Time, More
Women Marry Down
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2014 5:29:45 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: The Pew Research Center for People and the Press says: "It used to be more common for a husband to have more education than his wife in America. But now, for the first time since Pew Research has tracked this trend over the past 50 years, the share of couples in which the wife is the one “marrying down” educationally is higher than those in which the husband has more education." Let me translate that. For the first time since Pew has been tracking this in 50 years, wives are smarter, more educated, than their husbands. "Among married women in

Matt Drudge and Hillary Clinton: A History
Washington Post, by Jaime Fuller    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2014 5:28:50 PM     Post Reply
An inverse relationship seems to exist between the length of time since a Clinton has orbited the White House and the power held by the mythology of Matt Drudge. However, there´s a chance that the Drudge watercooler could start up again if his lucky charm decides to run in 2016. As Drudge was quoted in New York Magazine in 2007, “I need Hillary Clinton. You don’t get it. I need to be part of her world. That’s my bank. Like Leo DiCaprio has the environment and Al Gore has the environment and Jimmy Carter has anti-Americanism … I have Hillary.” Matt Drudge And

  


  

Revealed: Obama had talks with HHS
Secretary Sebelius 18 TIMES before
disastrous Obamacare roll-out despite
claims he was unaware of problems
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2014 5:25:49 PM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in direct contact with President Barack Obama at least 18 times between October 2012 and October 2013, including seven occasions where her draft calendar showed Obamacare as the topic of conversation. The news appears to contradict her insistence that Obama was in the dark about problems plaguing the ill-fated healthcare.gov website in the months leading up to its October 1, 2013 launch. The Hill newspaper reported Thursday that documents released through a Freedom of Information Act request show meetings, events and phone calls where the two were together. They also show at

Tea party groups are making and
spending millions, but not on candidates
Daily Caller, by Alexis Levinson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:24:06 PM     Post Reply
Two well-known tea party groups spent more than 80 percent of the money they raised in 2013 not on the causes and candidates that they say it is their mission to support, but on operating expenditures, like paying consultants, companies who produce mailing materials and renting mailing lists. The new Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund and the independent expenditure arm of Tea Party Express — the Our Country Deserves Better PAC — spent a majority of the money they raised on things other than political expenditures. The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund has been raising money since early last year.

Dissident republican campaign feared as letter
bombs sent to military recruiting offices
Telegraph [UK], by Ben Farmer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2014 5:22:19 PM     Post Reply
Fears of a return of Irish dissident terrorism to the UK mainland were raised last night after Downing Street said a wave of crude bombs sent to Armed Forces’ recruiting offices were “Northern Ireland related”. One of the “basic, but viable” devices sent to seven different military careers centres bore a Republic of Ireland postmark. Counter terrorism police said all the packages were linked and "crude" in design but "could have caused injury to others". [Snip] In October last year dissident republicans were blamed for letter bombs--thought to be similar to the latest devices--sent to political and security figures in

How the Case of an Amish Farmer
Could Doom Hobby Lobby in Court
Atlantic, by Garrett Epps    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:20:22 PM     Post Reply
Edwin Lee was a Pennsylvania Amish farmer and carpenter. God smiled on his labors, and he hired fellow Amish to work on his farm and in his shop. Naturally he paid them—after all, Scripture tells us that the laborer is worthy of his hire. But beginning in 1970, Lee refused to pay the Social Security payroll tax on his workers´ wages the government said he owed. Amish do not believe in social insurance, based on language in Paul’s First Letter to Timothy: “If any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied

  


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Republican Bills Want Federal
Government to Mind States’
Rights on Same-Sex Marriage
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 5:19:11 PM     Post Reply
Two Tea Party senators today introduced companion legislation to a bill that would ensure the federal government recognizes a state’s choice on how it defines marriage. Currently, 33 states define marriage as a union between a man and a woman while 17 states recognize same-sex unions. “How a state should define marriage should be left up to the citizens of each state,” said State Marriage Defense Act co-sponsor Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). “It is clear the Obama administration finds the principles of federalism inconvenient in its effort to force states to redefine the institution of marriage. The State Marriage Defense

Here’s a list of former Afghan detainees
who have returned to fight for the Taliban
Washington Post, by Julie Tate    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/13/2014 5:19:08 PM     Post Reply
The Afghan government´s decision to release 65 suspected Taliban detainees from Bagram prison despite repeated protests from the U.S. has raised fears that some of them may return to fight for the insurgent group. In the past, the Pentagon has said that detainees released from Guantanamo have been found to be involved in attacks against coalition forces in Afghanistan. Here is a list of prisoners who were released, then found to have returned to fight for the Taliban. Mullah Shazada, whose real name was Mohamed Yusif Yaqub, was repatriated to Afghanistan in 2003. He then went back to fight with the Taliban.

U.S. senator drops bombshell
during VW plant union vote
Reuters, by Bernie Woodall    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:18:14 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said on Wednesday he has been "assured" that if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker representation, the company will reward the plant with a new product to build. Corker´s bombshell, which runs counter to public statements by Volkswagen, was dropped on the first of a three-day secret ballot election of blue-collar workers at the Chattanooga plant whether to allow the UAW to represent them. Corker has long been an opponent of the union which he says hurts economic and job growth in Tennessee, a charge that UAW

Rand Paul and Ken Cuccinelli
accused of stealing NSA lawsuit
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:16:00 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been caught using purloined passages in several of his speeches. Now the aspiring presidential candidate stands accused of filing a lawsuit stolen from its author. Since December, the libertarian lawmaker, a tea party favorite, had been working with former Reagan administration lawyer Bruce Fein to draft a class-action suit seeking to have the National Security Agency’s surveillance of telephone data declared unconstitutional; the two men appeared together as early as last June to denounce the NSA’s activities.

  


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Parliament has lost real
power. So instead it
dreams up unenforceable
regulations about smoking
Telegraph [UK], by Norman Tebbit    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2014 5:13:54 PM     Post Reply
Amidst the chaos and the posturings of the floods and the not unexpected dirty tricks of the Wythenshawe by-election, Parliament, both Lords and Commons, has united to call for legislation to criminalise smoking in cars containing a child. It reflects rather well the desire of the inhabitants of the Westminster village to be seen to be doing something about something at a time when so much they might well be doing is out of reach--either because of the progressive pre-electioneering of the Coalition or the power-grabbing of Our Masters In Brussels. There was a time when Conservatives denounced Labour’s addiction

Obama´s Lawlessness? Nobody Cares
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2014 5:13:52 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Let´s move to audio sound bite number 12. This is last night, the Fox News Channel on the Kelly File. That´s Megyn Kelly´s show. She´s talking to the senior political columnist for the National Journal, Ron Fournier, about Obamacare. She said, "They say, 3.3 million Americans have enrolled now in the state exchange and the federal exchange. That is not true. We don´t know how many have enrolled," and that is true, by the way. They don´t know, folks. There´s no data. Nobody knows. Health and Human Services announced yesterday the cumulative total of 3.3 million people have signed up. But

Another senior House Republican
announces retirement
CNN, by Deirdre Walsh & Paul Steinhauser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:13:43 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Republican Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington state announced Thursday that he´ll retire at the end of this year rather than run for re-election in November. Hastings, who currently serves as the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said in a statement he was stepping down after 10 terms to allow someone new to represent Washington´s 4th Congressional District. "Last Friday, I celebrated my 73rd birthday and while I have the ability and seniority to continue serving Central Washington, it is time for the voters to choose a new person with new energy to represent them in the people´s

Revealed: Senate clerks didn’t announce
names during debt-ceiling vote so that
Republicans could secretly switch
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 5:13:22 PM     Post Reply
If you’ve ever watched a Senate floor vote on C-SPAN, you know how it goes. The senator’s name is called by the clerk, the senator votes, and then the clerk publicly announces how he or she voted. Basic legislative accountability. But not this time. Because of the midterms, we’re all going to be in unity mode soon. Here’s a little reminder that that unity is an illusion, papered over periodically as necessary for the greater good of keeping liberals out of power. There are two parties within the GOP and some members of one are represented in Congress by members

The Tired Ones
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2014 5:13:04 PM     Post Reply
Ron Fournier is as mad as hell and he´s not going to take it anymore. Correction: That was the late Howard Beale. Fournier, National Journal´s senior political columnist and editorial director, is going to take it for at least a while longer, and he isn´t so much mad as tapped out, or nearly so. In a recent column he explains, as the headline puts it, "Why I´m Sick of Defending ObamaCare." Fox News Channel´s Kirsten Powers feels the same way. On "Special Report With Bret Baier," she paraphrased Fournier and enthusiastically assented: "The headline was ´Why I´m Getting Tired of Defending ObamaCare,´

  



Obama Shows Us How to Give Away Other
People´s Money and Soak in the Love
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2014 5:11:44 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Yesterday at the end of the program -- the last half hour of the program -- I was watching TV. Obama did his White House ceremony raising the minimum wage for federal contractors. It just hit me. There he is giving away some more of other people´s money, and it immediately hit me: How popular could I be if I could do that? How popular could I be and how unbeatable could I be if I were able to give away other people´s money to anybody I wanted to, and if I focused on the downtrodden and the needy and the

Illinois Electricity Customers Forced
to Get ´Smart Meters´ or Pay Fine
Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 5:06:27 PM     Post Reply
In the early days of the Obama administration, “smart power” was all the rage—and not just on the foreign policy scene. In April 2009, National Public Radio reported how one Allentown, Pennsylvania, mother was saving more than a hundred dollars each month on her electric bill. Tammy Yeakel’s power company, PPL Energy, had helpfully installed a “smart meter” on her home that could monitor her power usage in real time. The meter uploaded that information to PPL’s website, so she could identify peak usage times during the day. “I love this site,” Yeakel told NPR. “I called PPL and said, ‘Did

John Podesta, key player in administration’s
regulation drive, also helped UN develop
radical new global agenda
Fox News, by George Russell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 4:55:41 PM     Post Reply
John Podesta, the former Clinton Administration chief of staff who is spearheading President Barack Obama’s aggressive strategy of government-by-regulation, has also been helping United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with an even more ambitious job: setting the stage to radically transform the world’s economic, environmental and social agenda. That effort—a colossal and sweeping form of global behavior modification--is supposed to get a new kick-start at a special U.N. summit of world leaders to be convened by Ban in New York City on September 25. Its supporters hope that effort will end next year in a new international treaty that will bind all

Was the uproar over the
Obama-Crist hug racist?
Sun-Sentinel [Ft. Lauderdale, FL], by Gary Stein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 4:43:16 PM     Post Reply
There is little doubt Charlie Crist is playing the race card these days. He may also be right. The former governor, who wants his job back, says the infamous hug with President Barack Obama in 2009 that caused convulsions among Republicans was at least partially racially driven. Crist and Obama, you will recall, engaged in an airport man-hug as Obama came to Florida with stimulus cash in hand. Republicans cringed. "I think another part of it was that he was a Democrat, but not just a Democrat, an African-American,” Crist said during an appearance this week on “The Colbert Report.” Crist, who

Utmost respect: Solemn guard
at the Tomb of the Unknown
amid driving snow
Washington Times (D.C), by Cheyl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 4:40:52 PM     Post Reply
The federal government may have shut its doors due to weather conditions — but the guards tasked to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier aren’t so quick to abandon their posts. With what’s being billed as the storm of the season dumping inches of snow on the Washington, D.C., region, leaving a cloud of closures in its wake — Capitol Hill, area schools, airports, Metro bus service and almost all government offices in Maryland, the capital city and Virginia — the stalwart sentries for some of America’s most revered military sites stand tall and fast.

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